11 years ago I had unprotected sex with a girl I hardly knew. About a week later I developed a tingling in my penis so I visited a GUM clinic. By the second week the tingling had turned into a severe pain which had spread to the base of my penis. In addition, I developed the following symptoms:
Heavy sweating at night
Tingling in my shoulders
Pain in the right side of my chest
Discomfort under my armpits and in my groin
Inability to concentrate
The GUM clinic did a swab and I had an HIV test. Both were negative although the doctor put me on a course of doxycycline.
I repeated the HIV test after 3 and 6 months - both negative.
After 3 months I had to give up an excellent job as I was unable to work. This went on for 5 years!!
I did not get a diagnosis but I did have further HIV tests - the last after 2 years. I saw numerous doctors and specialists to no avail. It cost me all the money I had. Then, after 5 years the symptoms eased and disappeared. I had a further 5 years excellent health during which I got a new career (teaching) and got married. Everything was fine until earlier this year when I got shingles. The shingles was not too bad - I was over it in a fortnight with the help of anti-virals but then I felt a slight pain in my chest and I knew the old symptoms were back - and how.
I had a high fever for about 2 weeks, lost 2 stone in weight and didn't know who I was. Even the pain in my penis returned - stronger than ever. In addition to the old symptoms I had a tingling sensation in my face and legs which turned to itching and a complete loss of memory - someone would ask me something and I would forget it immediately. I had another HIV test ( I didn't know what else to do) which was negative and got the doctor to run a Full Blood Count. Everything was in the normal range including my CD4 count (830).
I have been severely ill for the past six months, I have spent every last penny on doctors fees and I have finally been referred to a psychologist - the doctor's way of telling me it's all in my head.
Words cannot express my gratitude to anyone who might be able to help.